Pride Fest

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With over 30,000 attendees from all walks of life, Memphis Pride Fest offers a rare opportunity to engage thousands of LGBTQ+ consumers and their friends & families from across the region.

Event Overview

Memphis Pride Fest is the single largest gathering for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies in the Mid-South. While the Festival and Pride Parade are the cornerstone of Memphis Pride Fest, the entire celebration (known as Memphis Pride Fest Weekend) spans 3 days beginning with a dance party or concert on Friday Night, the signature festival and parade on Saturday, and winding down with a Bruch Crawl on Sunday. Memphis Pride Fest is held in early June. Dates are announced early in the year. Promotions and details typically begin rolling out about 60 days prior to the event.

The Festival

The Pride Festival is a diverse and community-friendly festival that includes live entertainment on 2 stages,  over 200 vendors, a food truck park, a car show, a wrestling ring, VIP lounge, free and discreet HIV screenings, and more. With the support of our generous sponsors and community partners, we work to keep this celebration free and accessible to everyone.

The Pride Parade

What would Pride be without a big, bold, colorful parade? The annual Memphis Pride Parade draws a massive audience and offers a production like no other. The Parade Steps off at 4th and Beale and makes its way through the historic Beale Street Entertainment District.

The procession features over 100 units with 2200+ participants of all ages and backgrounds including church groups, performing arts groups, museums, high school & college groups, senior groups, non-profit organizations, city & county leaders, local businesses, and corporate brands including St. Jude, Nike, New York Life, T-Mobile, Ikea, Fedex, International Paper, AutoZone, First Tennessee Bank, Kroger, Lowes,  Gold Strike Casino, and many more.

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The parade stage (located near the center of the route at Beale and Rufus Thomas) is where the biggest thrills happen. It features local celebrity Emcees, a VIP viewing area, a panel of judges and occasional shenanigans and performances by competitive parade participants. Prizes are awarded in 6 categories, including Best Newcomer, Best Walking Group, Best Rolling Group, Best Float, Best Performing Arts Group, and the grand prize, Best in Show.